We offer part-time, full-day, and extended care programs, including Universal Pre- Kindergarten (UPK), a free city-funded program.
Our classes will teach and care for students born in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Visit our newly renovated 2, 3, and 4-year-old classrooms!
Discover the Magic of
Active Learning with Friends
Our Early Childhood Center has successfully raised over a generation of neighborhood children and is still making nursery school new! As you and your child set off on the school journey, rest assured the CQY provides a nurturing preschool environment that develops each child's educational potential, self-confidence and social skills. Certified teachers and trained assistant teachers know every child and family.
Learning is everywhere. Woven into your young scholar’s day are the skills for the academic challenges ahead. We build confidence and competence in a nurturing, loving and safe environment. Our innovative curriculum integrates language and literacy, math, science, art, music and fun!
Our Educational Goals
The difference between just looking and really seeing—that is the Central Queens Y Early Childhood experience. Nestled within the most culturally diverse county in the United States, diversity is highly valued as a part of our program. We work, learn and play together—that is what really matters. Our differences make our learning community stronger. Our goal is to open each child's eyes to new ways of experiencing the world. Our approach to teaching is based on hands-on themes. Children master skills by being active and social; they learn the way the brain develops. In keeping with our philosophy, we embed special enrichment activities in the program including swim instruction, music with “Felt Songs,” Hebrew language, gym instruction, arts & crafts, an inter-generational reading program, special holiday performances and dance.
Early Childhood staff are dynamic, caring, experienced professional educators committed to your child’s growth. We believe in ongoing training for our teachers and maintain the highest standards in Early Childhood Education, striving to provide the best program in an exciting, creative atmosphere.* Aquatics and physical education activities are conducted in our full-sized gym and indoor heated pool.
* All swimming and gym instructors are certified in CPR, First Aid, and their specific of areas of expertise.
The vision of our Center's nursery school is to create a welcoming atmosphere where neighborhood children become friends, families are supported, and community networks are born. And, tuition includes family membership in the CQY from September to June!
Two, three, and four year olds learn in action!
With new friends, children will master new language and social skills essential to future success. With literacy woven into all our programming, your child will gain a solid foundation for his or her academic career. With the resources of the Central Queens Y, our classes include:
|• Gym||• Gardening|
|• Music and Movement||• Hebrew Language
|• Instructional Swim||• Outdoor Play|
Children's diverse learning styles guide our teaching, from the exploration of twos through the sophistication of fours. We learn your child's strengths and skills and build from there. We offer part-time, full-day, and extended care programs, including Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK), a free city-funded program. Our summer camp and mini-camps during school vacations extend the fun and learning all year long. Please note our newest program, a full day class for two-year-olds!
An extended day is available with an additional charge from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
For answers to your questions and to arrange a tour, please contact us to set up a visit or for more information: Charlotte Ranjit, Assistant Director, 718.268.5011 ext 402 or CRanjit@cqy.org
To print a copy of our Contract and Application, please click here.
Whether you choose to print out the Application and Contract separately, or apply online, please remember this is only the first step in the enrollment process. We require a classroom visit for your child. If you are applying online, please contact us to arrange a tour so you can become more familiar with our environment and curriculum.
Please click here to print the Department of Education's Health Examination Form, which is required for all school children.